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Die Route 66 führt geradewegs durch die Mojave-WüstePhoto: Tony Hisgett, CC BY, flickr.com
Track typesShow elevation profile
Safety informationPlease check road conditions before starting the tour.
Tips and hintsIt takes about 14 to 2 days to cover the full distance (depending on how many breaks and stopovers you have).
The tour starts in the city center of Chicago (Illinois). We take IL 53 heading south-west until Joliet, then we continue in the same direction for further 90 km until the small city of Wilmington where we can see the “Gemini Giant“. After that, we continue on the Interstate 55 towards Pontiac where we can visit “Route 66 Hall of Fame“. We continue on the Interstate 55 heading southwest past Bloomington until we reach Springfield (Illinois). Between Springfield and St. Louis we can take the less travelled IL 157 which runs parallel to the Interstate 155. In St. Louis we pick up Interstate 44going west until Springfield (Missouri). From there we get to Joplin after about 115 km. Between Galena and Baxter Springs we can cross Rainbow Bridge at Spring River, then we go on in a south-westernly direction on Interstate 44 (or take the less travelled OK 66) until Okalhoma city. From there we get to the city of Clinton on Interstate 40. That’s where the “Route 66 Museum“ is located. We continue on I 44, heading west past Amarillo, Albuquerque and Flagstaff until Barstow. Then we turn toward south-west and move on until Santa Monica by CR 66 past Victorville, San Bernardino and Beverly Hills.
Public-transport-friendlyFrom Chicago O’Hare International Airport with Blue Line towards Forest Park until the city centrer of Chicago (total duration: about 40 minutes).
Getting thereFrom Chicago O’Hare International Airport you can get to the city center of Chicago within 30 minutes (approx. 15 miles). You can rent a car at the airport.
ParkingThere are designated parking areas at the airport.
EquipmentFor the stopovers along the road you’ll need sturdy shoes with a good profile, warm clothes and rainwear.
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